The theme for this month’s Garden Share Collective is ‘size’ so I’m beginning my garden roundup with a picture of the gigantic egg one of my chooks laid this week. It weighed in at around 130 grams and, to my surprise, wasn’t a double yolker. As two of my four children weighed over 10 pounds at birth. I have some sympathy for the poor chicken!
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that I am a chronically disorganised gardener. I’m hopeless at remembering to plant seeds in advance and often end up buying punnets of seedlings. Also, every year I seem to forget how little space I have and how big things like pumpkins grow.
My main vegetable bed, below, is only about 9 metres square (3 metres by three metres), so I should really plan it out more carefully. Celery, coriander, cabbages, leeks, kale, rhubarb, rocket and silverbeet are growing at the moment and not much else. In an attempt at being more organised, today I put in some structures to help me to visualise my summer garden.
I put six tomato frames in place even though the tomatoes aren’t planted out yet; they’re still on my kitchen windowsill. The central black trellis will be used for cucumbers and climbing beans with maybe more tomatoes in the middle. And I planted carrot, beetroot and lettuce seeds between the four stakes wrapped up in string.
Finally, no discussion of size in my garden is complete without mention of fruit trees, and, given the time of year, some gratuitous almond and nectarine blossom photos.
A much larger area in my inner urban garden is dedicated to fruit trees than to vegetables, probably because I am such a sweet tooth. For me, the ultimate luxury is having bucket loads homegrown fruit to cook, preserve and eat.
I have planted over 20 trees in the past five years, some full-sized and others dwarf, including apples, mandarins, oranges, blood oranges, native finger limes, peaches, nectarines, European and Japanese plums, pomegranates, lemons, limes, almonds and pears.
Fruit trees are both beautiful to look and highly productive when carefully pruned. Few ornamentals can match the dark green, glossy foliage of citrus trees that contrasts with their brightly coloured fruit. And why would you buy an ornamental pear or plum when the fruiting varieties have the same stunning pink or white spring flowers?
Whether your garden is large or small, in the city or the countryside, you are welcome to join in the Garden Share Collective. The themes for the next three months are as follows:
What’s happening in your late August garden?